Handmade at Bramley Cottage
My name is Libbi Hutchence and I live here with my husband Mark, Alfie our dog and Buster our cat. I love to while away the hours creating things out of natural materials. I am never happier than when I am making something be it spinning wool, blending colours, weaving on my little hand loom or making something out of clay at my potter’s wheel.
This was my first love. I crave the calming influence of pottery. There is something very meditative about what I do, it is so therapeutic, the way the wheel spins, pulling up the clay and making something fun and beautiful out of a natural product. I love the thought that I am using all of the main elements to create with clay, (clay from the earth, water to lubricate, air to dry the clay, fire to fire the clay). There is a real sense of achievement making something out of such a basic material.
I work in stoneware therefore all of my items are fired up to about 1200°c and therefore can be put in the freezer, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and oven. The garden items I make can be enjoyed all year around as they will withstand frosty nights and snowy days.
Why I love to weave?
Again, it is the use of natural materials and the slowed pace of weaving that is almost meditative to me.
I love the use of colours and enjoy the fact that unlike pottery the results are pretty instant, no waiting for the kiln the cool. I enjoy surrounding myself with colours as I believe colours enhance our lives. Life is too short to wear black!
I am inspired by the colours that are all around me from the beautiful Norfolk beaches to the glorious countryside that surrounds our home. I make things that I would love to wear and own.
Bramley Cottage HQ
My Studio has now been completed and I LOVE IT! We moved to a quiet village in west Suffolk where our cottage has been since the 1840's and the barn since the 1790's. This where I have my own cosy studio to my design and requirements.
I am running 1-1 lessons, for couples, friends, special occasions and small team building events come and learn about playing with mud. These courses are tailored to you we can discuss what you would like to cover when you contact me so you get the best out of your event, occassion or fomal tution. However you may need to cover some basics to begin.
I am experimenting with Scandivian style pottery follow me on Instagram, Facebook to see more.
Events Page updated come and say Hi, it would be great to meet you.
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